Paula Winnig


Phone: (516) 319-3940


Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig is the Executive Director at the Bureau of Jewish Education in Indianapolis, IN. She previously served as the spiritual leader of congregations in Roslyn, Queens and Lawrence, New York after receiving her ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1986 and as student rabbi at the Vista Del Mar Center, Los Angeles, CA and Congregation Beth Shalom in Auckland, New Zealand. Rabbi Winnig was also a prison chaplain for New York State for five years, serving in both the Women’s maximum and medium security prisons in Bedford Hills, NY

Rabbi Winnig is a lecturer teaching Hebrew for the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Rabbi Winnig received her MBA from the State University of New York, her Master of Arts of Hebrew Letters from HUC-JIR in Los Angeles and her Bachelors’ Degree with Honors in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Hebrew Letters in May, 2011. In 2010 Rabbi Winnig founded Torah Threads: Knitting the Threads of Torah into the Fabric of our Lives, a podcast currently on hiatus, celebrating her love of Torah, fiber arts and sustainable living. Rabbi Winnig was a visiting graduate student in the Hebrew University Department of Talmud. Rabbi Winnig helped found and develop SULAM-LI: The Religious School for Jewish Children with Special Needs serving the Five Towns community of Long Island. Rabbi Winnig has published many articles in both print and online media including a chapter in the book: The Women’s Haftarah Commentary.

Rabbi Winnig has appeared in many television programs and was a featured participant in the weekly cable television program “Father Tom and Friends” for three years. Rabbi Winnig is the past co-chair of the Indiana Board of Rabbis and served similar roles in New York area rabbinic and inter-faith organizations prior to her arrival in Indianapolis in 2011. In 2015 Rabbi Winnig was named woman of the year by Unite magazine for her advocacy of equal rights for LGBTQ individuals in Indiana. She is the proud mother of two adult sons, Karmi & Shai. Rabbi Winnig is also a fiber artist, cook and bicyclist

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